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NCJ Number: 122879 Find in a Library
Title: Psychiatry and the Criminal Justice System: Testing the Myths
Journal: American Journal of Psychiatry  Volume:145  Issue:5  Dated:(May 1989)  Pages:605-610
Author(s): M R Phillips; A S Wolf; D J Coons
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Several states are changing legislation and treatment programs for mentally ill offenders without knowing how current laws and programs operate.
Abstract: Data from police records, court reports, and clinical files on 2,735 psychiatric cases referred from the Alaskan criminal justice system was evaluated. The Data spanned the 1977 through 1981 timeframe. The findings indicated that only 0.2 to 2.0 percent of all schizophrenic persons in the community were arrested for violent crimes each year, accounting for 1.1 to 2.3 percent of all arrests for violent crimes. The psychiatrists agreed on the competency and responsibility in 79 percent of all the evaluated cases. And of total criminal cases, successful insanity defense occurred 0.1 percent of the time or less. 2 table, 31 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Mental illness-crime relationships; Mentally ill offenders
Index Term(s): Alaska; Psychiatric services; Psychological research
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